Dana Shoenberg



Dana Shoenberg is the Deputy Director of the Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP), where she works with juvenile justice systems across the country to reduce racial and ethnic disparities, increase alternatives to secure detention, and improve conditions of confinement in juvenile facilities. She is also active in the nation’s capital promoting federal legislative and policy reforms related to juvenile justice. Dana’s projects include on-site long-term technical assistance to jurisdictions implementing systems change, training for juvenile justice professionals and other system stakeholders, consultation on development of standards and policies for juvenile facility conditions, research, writing, and legislative and administrative advocacy.

From 1998 to 2005, she served in the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section, where she investigated and sought remedies for patterns and practices of constitutional and other federal law violations in state and local juvenile detention facilities, jails, prisons, and police departments. Prior to that, she held two clinical teaching fellowships, in the Family Law Clinic at the University of Baltimore School of Law from 1996 to 1998, and in the Criminal Justice Clinic at Georgetown University Law Center from 1994 to 1996. Dana clerked for Judge Edward N. Cahn, then Chief Judge of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, from 1993 to 1994. She earned her J.D. from Yale Law School, a Master’s degree in legal advocacy from the Georgetown University Law Center, and a B.A. from Cornell University.



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Degrees & Universities

  • J.D., Yale Law School
  • M.L.A., Georgetown University Law Center
  • B.A., Cornell University